How To Keep Fall Bulbs From Being Dug Up By Squirrels And Chipmunks! 

Use the following strategies to keep squirrels and chipmunks from digging up your fall bulbs.  

Using Physical Barriers  

Cover bulbs with dirt and chicken wire or hardware cloth. Although the mesh prevents animals from digging, bulbs can grow through it.Cage bulbs or plant in mesh baskets.  

Apply mulch and cover  

Cover planting space with heavy mulch. It may keep animals from bulbs.Plant extensive ground cover around the bulb. Leaves and roots protect naturally.  

Use repellents  

Use commercial squirrel and chipmunk repellents. Safety and success involve following instructions.Homemade Repellents: Prepare a repellent spray containing hot pepper, garlic, or predator urine.   

Plant bulbs deep.  

Plant bulbs deeper. Chipmunks and squirrels rarely dig deep enough. Place bulbs three times their height deep.  

Decoy Feeding Stations  

Alternative Food: Keep sunflower seed or nut feeders away from your garden to deter squirrels and chipmunks. They may prefer easy food to bulb digging.  

Timing and Cleanup 

Plant bulbs late fall when animals have buried their food and are less inclined to dig.Cleaning: Remove bulb husks and dirt after planting. Aromas may attract animals to newly planted regions.  


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